Juan Cole

Juan Cole

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Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three and a half decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and...


The WWI Lessons We Haven’t Learned

Nov 11, 2018
While Trump is in Paris to commemorate the end of World War I, we should learn from that bloody episode that, among other things, we cannot credit politicians who promise us a short, glorious war.

When America Embraced Islamophobia

Oct 10, 2018
The Islamophobia that Donald Trump has made his own arose in the decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union, once the boogeyman of Communism was removed from the quiver of the American right.

Trump Joke About Israel Reveals His Ignorance

Aug 22, 2018
In a conversation earlier this summer with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Trump reportedly said, "[In a one-state scenario,] the prime minister of Israel in a few years will be called Mohammed.”